In this paper, we introduce a new, single-component model for maintenance optimization under time-varying costs, specifically oriented at offshore wind turbine maintenance. We extend the standard age replacement policy (ARP), block replacement policy (BRP) and modified block replacement policy (MBRP) to address time-varying costs. We prove that an optimal maintenance policy under time-varying costs is a time-dependent ARP policy. Via a discretization of time, the optimal time-dependent ARP can be found using a linear programming formulation. We also present mixed integer linear programming models for parameter optimization of BRP and MBRP. We present a business case and apply our policies for maintenance planning of a wind turbine gearbox and show that we can achieve savings up-to 23%.
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